|Heavy snows up high recently, and not too bad down below.|
|Heading up the lower portion of the first pitch up Darumagamine|
the snow here is almost ready, the base is not quite firm enough.
Feeling good and confident from all the MTB riding.
|surfs up on the top|
|a good 2 meters worth|
|good skiing ahead|
|This is Hyogo (or Japan) weather in microcosm. To the right (north) the heavy weather from the sea brings snow.|
on the left the sun prevails. We are smack dab in the middle.
|It never ceases to amaze me that the Inland Sea is visible from this distance.|
|The three sentinel pines at the foot of Futougamine|
|The trailless peak of Hachimansan, which supposedly has some|
|3 hours of climbing and a well deserved lunch break at the cache|
|After an hour semi-lost, exhausted, and thankful to be back at the trail.|
I came out just above the 3 pines at 3pm and a long way to go back down.
|And miles to go before I sleep, halfway home.|